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AVerMedia Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages C985 PCI-Express x1 Interface

  • Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay
  • Super Low CPU Consumption
  • Record Live Voice Commentary
  • Direct Connection to Streaming Platforms
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Learn more about the AVerMedia C985

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
C985

General

Type
Video Capture & Editing
Interface
PCI-Express x1

Features

Features
Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay

Super Low CPU Consumption

Graphics Card Resolution Support

Dedicated Record Button Included

Record Commentary with Gameplay

Stream Your Live Gameplay on TwitchTV

Screenshot

Specifications

Ports In
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Ports Out
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Specifications
Input Signal:
- HDMI/DVI
- 3.5mm Audio

Output Signal:
- HDMI/DVI
- 3.5mm Audio

*The maximum recording quality is 1080p at 30fps.

System Requirements

Processor
Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card with support for DirectX 9.0c or above (Standalone graphics card is recommended for HD video capturing.)
Memory
512 MB RAM
Available Slot
PCI-E Slot
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7/ Vista SP2 (32/64-Bit)
Others
Sound Card

Packaging

Package Contents
Live Gamer HD (Weight: 102.5g)
Installation CD
Quick Installation Guide
Hot Button
DVI to HDMI Adapter
HDMI Cable
HDMI to DVI Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Sean M.
  • 8/28/2014 7:04:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLong Time Owner

Pros: Offload encoding to lower CPU usage and temps allowing for increased performance in your game(s) where it's needed most.

Many similar products will only record or broadcast at your screen or application resolution. On the surface that sounds fine but if you want to broadcast to Twitch at 720p 60fps do you really want your system or game operating at 720p? Probably not.

Using this card and Xsplit I was able to completely ditch Fraps. Many a time I have accidentally began recording and not even known it because the frame rate simply does not move.

Cons: None. Seriously, there really aren't any. You may not have to look far for a bad review but do yourself a favor and investigate the situation. Find out what the person was trying to do or what they were doing wrong. Know the input/output is HDMI before purchasing. There are seriously workarounds for most, if not all, issues that arise with this card.

Other Thoughts: I need to say this. This unit has a bad reputation and that can be explained.

- Few people actually have the need for this product.
- Fewer still know of it's existence.
- Fewer than that actually know how to set it up and use it properly.

With the proper amount of research and realistic expectations you will hold this device in high regards and it will quickly become one of your favorite pieces of hardware.

I cannot stress this next part enough. I highly recommend using Xsplit or OBS along with this device for local recordings. OBS is free and matches Xsplit feature for feature and some claim to have better performance while using it. I personally don't see a difference as neither really stress my rig. That said you'll find that you get a higher quality, smaller files, and other valuable features that make recording a breeze and cut out a lot of the post production work as well. For example you can use an overlay or lower 3rd in OBS instead of adding it in Vegas/AE.

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  • Lorraine A.
  • 8/26/2014 9:03:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRETURNING IT!

Pros: Low CPU consuption almost no lag when streaming on TWITCH.TV

Cons: okay here's the downside for this item, if you have 144hz monitor you wont be able to take full advantage use of it since this item is locked in @ 1080p 60hz "UNLESS" you are rich and have 2 computers then this is for you.

Other Thoughts: Returning it gonna wait till they support 1080p @ 144hz +

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  • lucas f.
  • 8/22/2014 5:40:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsyou might want to read this one...

Pros: GREAT BOX lol. easy to get set up. works well with xsplit. drivers/firmware are located right on website (note that others have had problems with firmware).

Cons: either my card is defective or the card is bugged to be set at only 720p and can't go any higher than that. read other thoughts for more details.

note i am getting a replacement and will be reporting back to see if it is just the card or if all of them are bugged. i will also show my comp build if the next one is bugged too. also i will make a video and upload it to help explain what is in other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I am a very well knowledge game streamer and IT specialist. i have read most of the reviews here about this card and i would like to say that all of them are right. Last night (night before this post) i tested out this card excited to do a two computer stream to twitch.tv using Xsplit. after taking the card out of the box, putting it into the computer, and installing the drivers it decided that i would not function at 1080p. what i mean by that is when i duplicate my screens (my asus monitor which is 1080p and the capture card that is hooked up with hdmi from my video card) it changes my resolution down to 720p. When i extend the displays (asus monitor is main display and the capture card is second display) it has my monitor at 1080p while the capture card is at 720p. as i look at the settings on my computer it is telling me that both displays are at 1920*1080 (aka 1080p) but when i move a window from my monitor to the capture card it changes the resolution of my window to 720p (what this does is makes my window big but blurry like as if you just zoomed into the window itself). i know it is not my video card because i tried using my intel integrated graphics instead and it did the same thing. this may not make a lot of sense to everyone here but ALL-IN-ALL the capture card either is bugged or this particular one that i have is defective. either way this is another bad review for this card, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!

note that i tried it before and after firmware update. the firmware did not bork my card though where some others seem to have had this problem.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 8/21/2014 7:10:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of Time

Pros: Almost 0 load on the CPU.
Captures screen exactly as you see it.
Flexible with inputs and outputs.
Internal card (if you don't want another external item on your desk.

Cons: Couldn't record a video longer than 20 minute without some sort of issue.

Don't waste your time with this.

Other Thoughts: I've been struggling with this card for about 5 months now. I usually record long gaming sessions, and then try to go back and trim out the stuff I care about. With the firmware and software included in the box (worked the best), the audio and video would desync by a second after 30-40 minutes. Upgrading the firmware and everything to current kept the video and audio in sync, but dropped the framerate to maybe 5 fps after 20 minutes. You can't downgrade the firmware or driver once you upgrade, so I'm using the latest firmware, drivers, and second oldest program release. Now the audio file is fine, but the video is at 1.5x speed.

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  • Stephen L.
  • 7/8/2014 4:34:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFirmware v22

Pros: Card works. Haven't had much use out of it yet though.

Recentral is really easy to use. Newegg got it to me quick as always

Cons: !!!BEWARE!!! I, like many others, bought this card recently. I didn't use the CD as I don't have an optical drive, and the website will normally offer the latest drivers and firmware. The only way to install the firmware was to install the latest driver from avermedia's website. The v22 firmware bricked my card, and this has apparently happened to many others, but there is a work around if this happened to you:
1. Remove the card from your PC.
2. Boot into Safe Mode and remove all software and drivers, anything that has a trace of avermedia (I suggest CCleaner) and reboot
3. Reinstall the card into your PC.
4. (Google recentral to get to avermedia's website) Download the OLD driver by selecting Application and Driver > Release History> 1.2.0.25 (Build 12112105) and selecting DRIVER on the far right.
5. Install the driver and the device should be recognized.
6.You can now install the latest driver and the device should be recognized.

Other Thoughts: I would rate this higher, as the software is easy to use and installation is easy, but this firmware issue HAS TO BE FIXED. Even with the workaround having been successful for me, I cannot suggest this card to anyone purely on the basis avermedia is being lazy with their software, and it's costing people.

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  • Nick C.
  • 6/22/2014 10:16:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSick

Pros: works great. good quality

Cons: none

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  • David S.
  • 6/16/2014 7:30:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBe Wary of this Card

Pros: -little cpu impact
-easy to use interface
-integrated xsplit streaming
-cool button?

Cons: ugh, where to begin...

-The card advertises local recordings at 1080p at 30 fps, not true. I've never seen it get above 24 fps.
-So many audio desync issues when using an external microphone to record commentary
-It records everything with a variable fps, no option to change that which is a dealbreaker for me (adobe premiere does not support variable framerates so I have to convert everything I use to a constant framerate before I can edit anything
-Crashes my computer after an hour of use (this is a recent development)
-And to top it all off, horrible customer support. I submitted a support ticket and the only email I have received (apart from the initial "we got your support ticket" email) is one apologizing for how long it is taking (in very broken English I might add)

Other Thoughts: Go with something else. The company and product are both sub par

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  • Patricia D.
  • 5/29/2014 8:56:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAverMedia

Pros: The boxing was splendid and overall look amazing

Cons: The avermedia product did not come with a installation disk. This was fine since i figured I could get the drivers off the website. I downloaded the drivers which could not detect my avermedia card. I check three times to make sure I installed the card correctly and watched many others do it to make sure I did not miss anything special. I didn't. I reinstalled all the drivers again to make sure it wasn't a fault in the hardware. I even went into bios to make sure nothing was happening. It was never detected so I returned it. overall no support from the avermedia. The only way to contact them is via twitter or facebook non of which are appealing to me in the present situation.

Other Thoughts: Piece of junk.

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  • Jesse D.
  • 5/28/2014 5:47:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsW-o-r-t-h-l-e-s-s.

Pros: Doesn't hit performance at all. Commercials were very convincing. Works great as long as you don't record cool and memorable things.

Cons: This is without a doubt, the worst excuse for a capture card, I've ever had the misfortune of laying eyes on. The card itself had to installed upside down since the installation kit didn't fit my custom tower. This I could live with. Unless you're using a monitor or TV with HDMI audio, you'll have no choice but to utilize the stereo audio jack which reduces sounds quality by about 80%. The software is basically one big bug. If you run itunes at any given time (even with the Avermedia Software closed), the HDCP warning will pop up and prevent you from recording forever. The only fix is to re-install the software and drivers entirely. I have to do this about once a week. If you record from more than an hour, you've got about a 50/50 chance of losing everything you've just done when the software crashes. Sometimes, it likes to continue recording even after being told to stop, the software freezes and cannot be quit/end tasked/or process killed, leaving the only option of re-booting which screws over the entire video index rendering the vid completely useless. Sometimes, it will also stop recording for no---apparent----reason----whatsoever. I've been in the middle of memorable game sessions only to discover that only half the video made it to the hard drive. I've already tried the Roxio capture cards, and if you can believe it, it's worse. I'm glad there are still a few other options out there, because I'm done with this sorry thing.

Avermedia, I award you no points, and may the powers that be, have mercy on your souls.

Other Thoughts: If you're playing on PC, avoid Roxio as well. I tried them before this one, and they're actually worse, if you can believe it. And for any of you blessed souls who haven't had these problems, enjoy it while you can.

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  • Randy H.
  • 4/21/2014 8:38:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWaste of money.

Pros: Great for capturing video. Great for capturing to a 2nd PC.

Cons: Terrible for streaming as an encoder as it advertises.

Had to contact Avermedia to get beta drivers that
worked with twitch.tv.

Even with beta drivers the quality is just bad and only worked 5 minutes. Put the extra cash into a better CPU.

Other Thoughts: 2 Eggs because it does capture well and does work great with streaming with 2 PC's. 1 Gaming , 1 Encoding. But again worthless as an encoder as it advertises.

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